2 Chainz is not dead. I repeat, 2 Chainz is not dead.
The Internet tried its hardest to claim another celebrity this weekend, choosing to enter the world of hip hop this time, with rumors that rapper 2 Chainz was the victim of a shooting in Little Rock, Arkansas. The rumor was fueled by a low-quality "photo" of a television screen, allegedly showing a local news station's confirmation of 2 Chainz' death, and excellent timing by the perpetrators that likely left the rapper unable to dispel the rumors for several hours.
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Now, I suppose I should give a little credit to this latest death hoax' originator, because it appears that at least a few minutes of research preceded efforts to get the rumor mill turning this weekend. The responsible parties apparently weren't content with recycling the internet's favorite snowboarding accident story, and decided instead to use an actual event as the basis for their rumor.
According to the photoshopped image that launched the rumors, 2 Chainz was shot following a previously scheduled performance in Little Rock, Arkansas. The show was one of many on 2 Chainz' national tour to promote his new album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, and provided a seemingly confirmable piece of information to help the rumor gain traction. And gain traction it did.
Of course, it's been nearly 24-hours now since 2 Chainz confirmed that he was still alive and kicking -- despite the reports circulating on what has apparently become the world's most trusted news source -- but questions about the rapper's health persist. In all likelihood, thousands of people will seek confirmation that 2 Chainz is not dead over the next couple of days. Sadly, that crowd will probably even include a few fans that follow 2 Chainz on Twitter. That fact is more than tad bit depressing.
In all honesty, the number of people who continue to fall for these death hoaxes on Twitter continues to astound me. Then again, at this point, I guess I should just be happy that the 2 Chainz death rumor didn't generate an overnight memorial page with "56,000 "likes" on Facebook.